religion as philosophy - Philosophy Hellenistic Jews such...

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Philosophy: - Hellenistic Jews such as Philo were trained Greek philosophers - Philo believed that the bibles stories were to be studies allegorically to unlock its philosophical treasures thus helping to free the mind and allow a person to behave morally - Philosophical idea of free choice - Pure piety is pure mind - Subdue body and let eternal soul ascend - Ex: story of Adam and eve is just an allegorical anecdote about the nature of human beings - Torahs laws are an embodiment of the more abstract law of nature - To behave according to the torahs laws is to behave according to the universal law of nature and to be at one with the world (stoicism) - Many Hellenistic figures portrayed Judaism as based on reason - Non-Jews influenced Jews to view Judaism as religion - Non Jews saw the lack of images “idols” and the similarity of Jews to the “wise men” of India as evidence of philosophy rather than religion - Philosophy became a filter through which the torah was read - Understanding Judaism as Philosophy
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